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Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux
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Jul 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: travel, non-fiction, india
Read in May, 2010

Thirty-three years after the first book Theroux returns to the route he took in The Great Railway Bazaar, or as near as an approximation as current politics will let him – by train from France to Turkey (via the now-shabby Orient Express), through India (where he smirks at the idea of the new technological India, as so much seems the same as ever), Thailand, Singapore (which he finds hypocritical and arrogant), Vietnam, Japan, Siberia, and back. As on the previous trip, he meets people who surprise him and who fit his stereotypes; he looks for the seedy underbelly of new cities, and seeks out local intelligentsia, especially writers who exemplify their land Most notably, he talks with Haruki Murakami, a Japanese writer, who opens Theroux’s eyes about some aspects of Japan. Theroux seems to have read every book imaginable, and is most at home when talking about writers or with writers (or both). It’s a very interesting look, in conjunction with the book that inspired it, at how the west has changed Asia, and how stagnant Asia can be.
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message 1: by Lewis (new)

Lewis Weinstein I have read another of Theroux's travel books, and it was a good journey indeed.

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